The Cowboys trail the New York Giants 24-20 at half, but perhaps more importantly, they have lost quarterback Tony Romo to a broken clavicle. Romo will not return tonight, and is very possibly done for the season.
The game started auspiciously enough for Dallas, as the team’s defense recorded two interceptions on the Giants’ first two drives, resulting in an early 10-0 lead for Dallas.
Only three plays into the game, Terence Newman intercepted Eli Manning to give Dallas the ball at the New York five yard line. A play later, Tony Romo hit Jason Witten for a touchdown to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead.
Safety Gerald Sensabaugh picked off Manning on the team’s second defensive series, but this time, the team was unable to cash in on the short field. Instead, they had to settle for a David Buehler field goal, which extended the lead to 10.
The Giants finally got on the board late in the first quarter, when Eli Manning found Hakeem Nicks for a 7-yard touchdown, to cap an 11-play 79-yard drive, and cut the lead to 10-7.
In the second quarter, Dallas would extend, and then quickly surrender their lead, greatly the result of injuries to Mike Jenkins and Romo. Jenkins would return to the game later in the half. Obviously, Romo would not.
The second quarter did have a few bright spots for Dallas: Buehler hit on a 46-yard field goal attempt and Dez Bryant brought a punt back 93 yards for a touchdown to bring the Cowboys’ lead to 20-7. The lead, like the Cowboys’ luck in the first half, was to be short-lived.
Touchdown passes to Nicks and Steve Smith, respectively, gave New York the 21-20 lead before half--each of these touchdown passes were thrown in the direction of Orlando Scandrick, who replaced the injured Jenkins. The team would add a 53-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal to extend their lead to 24-20 before the half.
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